Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)
Locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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JMC’S POSTGRADUATE DEGREES IN CREATIVE INDUSTRIES DELIVER A CRITICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES.

Focused on real-world production standards, JMC's postgraduate degrees in creative industries will give you the freedom to explore, create and apply your skills while developing your own concept into commercial reality. It will build your creative network, strengthen your critical thinking and extend your practice.

JMC’s degrees in creative industries integrate practical, creative and entrepreneurial units, designed to develop your creative skills to industry expectations and standards.

Learning Outcomes

When you graduate, you will have an innate knowledge of the creative industries sector, and a highly applicable skill set, including but not limited to:

  • In-depth knowledge of the creative industries, specifically within your field of specialisation
  • The ability to successfully realise value in the creative economy
    The principles of good research and the gathering and analysis of reliable data
  • Familiarity with the innovators, innovations and recent developments within and from the creative industries, specifically in your field of specialisation
  • The key principles of project design and management, as well as recent developments in business models within the sector
  • Technical and communication skills to analyse and evaluate the impact of technological change on the relationship between creativity and society, and, where possible, the ability to implement those changes in the design of your own project
  • Cognitive, creative and technical skills to investigate, critically analyse and synthesise trends in consumer tastes and consumption, technical contemporary best practice and your own production project
  • The cognitive, technical and creative skills to evaluate at an abstract level what the a final project might look like – based on concept development demos and extrapolation from those demos
  • An understanding of the business management principles required to successfully conduct your business interest within the creative industries, and specifically within your field of specialisation.

$3,000 grant

To help our master’s students take their work to the next level, we have now introduced the MCI grant, which gives our master’s students the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to use towards the creation or marketing of their project!

Why Study your Masters at JMC?

Hand-picked mentors for your specialisation
Accommodating study hours - classes are based outside of traditional work hours
Curriculum balanced between creative, exploration, entrepreneurialism and commercial application


Mindful of your work and general life commitments, the Masters of Creative Industries is available over 4 semesters. Study hours are accommodating and based outside of traditional work hours. For those who are unable to complete the Masters, a Graduate Diploma is an available exit point after the successful completion of 2 semesters and for domestic students only, a Graduate Certificate after the successful completion of 1 semester.

International students may complete the program in 2 years. The program must be completed full-time in order to satisfy student visa conditions.

 

Post-graduate students are selected to study at JMC on the basis of:

  • A completed recognised Bachelor degree (or higher) in a * relevant field of study
  • Interview with Head of MCI
  • Relevant work experience in the creative industries field

Project concept or proposal and portfolio of sample work encouraged.

* A relevant field of study includes: music and sound production, arts management, film + television, music and related studies, entertainment, graphic and design studies, visual arts, interactive + visual design, animation and game design, creative writing, new media, communication and media studies.

If you do not have a relevant Bachelor degree you may still be accepted based on your other qualifications and/ or industry experience. For more information refer to post-graduate admissions Policies + Procedures or contact us at hello@jmc.edu.au.

International Applicants

• International students must also demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no band below 6.0. Check out our Postgraduate English Language Requirements for more information.

Have a Bachelor's Degree from JMC?

JMC students that graduate with a Bachelor's degree have the option to skip the first semester of study allowing them to complete the full Master of Creative Industries in just 1.5 years (3 semesters) or the Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries in 1 semester. 

Qualification Levels

Qualification: Master of Creative Industries

Student Type: Domestic & International

Duration: 4 semesters full-time (2 years)

Develop a creative project to a point where it is ready for the market. That market might be the audience, or it might be stakeholders to invest in the next phase. Develop the skills and ability to manage projects, your own creative business, or even an arts organisation. Acquire deep knowledge about your industry through investigating it, and through one-on-one sessions with an industry mentor of your choice. Understand current techniques for developing creative works, reaching audiences, pitching to stakeholders, and explore how you can be innovative in this space.

Qualification: Graduate Diploma of Creative Industries

Student Type: Domestic & International

Duration: 2 semesters full-time (12 months)

Interrogate your creative idea and understand why you are the right person to create it. Learn to effectively communicate to key stakeholders about what you are doing and why they should support it. Improve your skills in developing and managing your projects. Think creatively about how your work can be inclusive and sustainable at the same time as pushing your ideas to new levels.

Qualification: Graduate Certificate of Creative Industries

Student Type: Domestic Only

Duration: 1 semester full-time (6 months)

Understand how to connect creative works with audiences, and deep dive into the current state of the creative industries. Explore how you can use innovative ideas to push your creative work to new heights and deliver it to new audiences. Learn about the collaborative nature of the creative industries and how best to bring your team along for the ride.

Modes of learning

Students can study the course in either Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney gaining access to JMC's world-class campus spaces and facilities. Classes are mixed-mode on-campus and online. Rural students are able to study the course remotely via the synchronous online sessions. Students will study with their classmates from the same city alongside classmates from other cities.

Students will be taught by world-renowned academics who also have a vibrant industry creative practice. Classes are supported by a well-resourced online learning system that contains the readings and other information students will need. 

CURRICULUM

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Semester 1

Credit Points: 6

In this unit the student will develop specialised knowledge on how the creative industries function. They will investigate existing arts organisations, especially how these organisations are structured, and how the organisations interact with communities and audiences. The student will explore creative methods for communicating with audiences and the way the arts contribute to the identity of communities and places. Alongside their examination of arts organisational structures, the student will examine the prevalence of freelance work in the creative industries and explore how to work within this framework. Students will develop a specialised knowledge in identifying target markets and gaps in the current market. Students will apply this specialised knowledge to the creation of their own creative business idea. This unit contributes towards their knowledge and skills in creative industries business practices.

Credit Points: 12

In this unit the student will investigate collaborative structures and methods of effective collaboration in the creative industries. The student will examine existing cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects to develop their knowledge of cultural and creative competences. Alongside their examination of the collaborative process, the student will explore the use of linear and non-linear narrative forms within creativity as methods of communicating with an audience. They will use this specialised knowledge to collaborate with other students on a cross-disciplinary project. They will ideate, scope, develop and create the project, learning about the processes through this creative endeavour. This unit contributes towards their knowledge and skills in collaborative creative practices.

Credit Points: 6

In this unit the student will investigate agility in creative practice and learn how to use various materials and media creatively to communicate with an audience. The student will examine the possibilities of new technology and how the arts can intersect with science and technology. The student will learn about current trends in post-humanist art and creating works for virtual spaces with the associated new ideas on ownership and sharing. They will examine ways in which innovative ideas are delivered to audiences in engaging ways. The student will use this specialised knowledge to create an innovative creative work. This unit contributes towards their knowledge and skills in innovative creative practices and using technology to communicate with audiences.

Semester 2

Credit Points: 6

In this unit the student analyses why they are proposing to create a particular project, including why they are the right person to create it and why this is the right time for it. They identify their intended audience and question why this project is relevant to them. They examine their skills, time and funding models, and use this knowledge to determine the type of project they can create over the course of their degree. They develop their knowledge of how this project can connect with other projects to create a sustainable career. This specialised knowledge is used to scope their own creative project idea. This unit contributes towards their knowledge and skills in scoping a realisable project and understanding its context within their career.

Credit Points: 6

In this unit the student will develop advanced knowledge in creative industry business structures. They will evaluate the various business structures that are used in Australia and explore how to create a business plan. They will develop their numeracy skills and understanding of the various relevant laws and regulations such as tax, contracts, rights and insurance. They will explore grant writing skills and effective ways of communicating with clients and investors. They will develop knowledge of the various skilled business professionals that will form part of their business team. They will use these advanced skills to create a business plan. This unit contributes towards the knowledge and skills that they will need to function effectively and sustainably in the creative industries.

Credit Points: 6

In this unit the student analyses creative production techniques and project management skills. They examine methods of forming and managing a creative team. They learn how to identify production risks and opportunities. They investigate how to create a project budget and develop numeracy computer programme skills. They learn about scheduling the various stages of a project and production roles that are frequently part of a creative team. They apply this

detailed knowledge to the development of their own project plan. This unit contributes towards their knowledge and skills in project producing and production managing.

Credit Points: 6

In this unit the student evaluates ethical considerations and their impact upon, and uses in, the creative industries. The student investigates current debates in storytelling rights. They examine methods of working ethically with disadvantaged groups or individuals. They analyse product placement and branding found in creative works and the effect of stakeholders upon creative decisions. They explore the footprint of their project and what effect it might have upon communities. They engage with current debates about the vibrancy of physical and virtual objects. They apply this knowledge to their own project to experiment with its ethical processes and outcomes. This unit contributes towards their knowledge and skills in creating in an ethical manner.

Semester 3 + 4

Credit Points: 12
Semester 3

In this unit the student will develop their project to the point that it is ready to move into production. The student will alternate meeting each fortnight with an industry mentor, and with a JMC lecturer, to talk about their project and receive feedback on progress. They will develop independent creative development skills. They will present work to their peers in the unit and develop their skills in receiving and giving constructive feedback. This unit contributes towards their skills in independent development of creative work in which peer and mentor advice informs their process.

Credit Points: 12
Semester 4

In this unit the student will create a product or project that is ready for selling into a designated market. This market can include industry pitching markets or selling directly to audiences. This work will be based upon ideas that they have developed in previous semesters. They will use independent creative processes alongside feedback from peers, an industry mentor and the lecturer. Throughout the semester the student will develop their skills in being able to bring a project to a successful conclusion and create a market-ready work. At the end of the unit the student will present what they have created to a panel of experts for assessment. This is the capstone unit for the production of the product/project being created for the master degree.

Credit Points: 6
Semester 3

In this unit the student will develop their research skills and generate a field of practice review. The student will locate and evaluate relevant sources to their own project. They will create an annotated list of works that includes peer reviewed, industry and creative sources. They will develop advanced academic writing skills. Alongside this they will develop creative practice explication skills using their creative media. They will construct a rigorous field of practice review either using text or their medium, or a combination of these elements. This unit contributes towards their research knowledge, critical evaluation and academic creative practice skills.

Credit Points: 6
Semester 4

In this unit the student will synthesise their research with their creative practice and produce the documentation needed to accompany their product/project. The student will conduct independent scholarship alongside fortnightly supervisory sessions with the lecturer. They will use research undertaken in previous semesters to create a significant document that is academically rigorous and contains a sustained narrative that underpins their creative work. This is the capstone unit for the research component of the product/project being created for the master degree.

Credit Points: 6
Semester 3

In this unit the student investigates research techniques and how they apply to their own creative practice. The student identifies a research question for their creative project. They explore and critique methodological approaches and develop knowledge about the relationship between methods and methodology, and current arguments in creative practice. The use these skills and knowledge to create an artist statement that is informed by their methodological approach. This unit contributes towards their knowledge and skills in the synthesis of research with creative practice.

Credit Points: 6
Semester 4

In this unit the student will critically analyse marketing and impact techniques. They will develop advanced skills in identifying a target market. They will explore impact strategies for acquiring production funding, and impact strategies for reaching their audience. They will learn about the cost of marketing and how to budget for this. They will think about ways that promotion of the project can also be promotion of themselves and their business or career. They will be introduced to networking techniques. They will use these skills and knowledge to create a marketing and impact strategy document.

Our Lecturers

Dr Brigid Burke

Master's Lecturer

Brigid is an Australian composer, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist, and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe, and the USA. Brigid’s main focus is integrating musical ideas with a combination of different media. Each component of media is a tool in the exploration of her artistic process: sound (acoustic, laptop, clarinets, and electronics), composition, improvisation, installation, painting, and animation (digital). Currently, she curates with Mark Pedersen SEENSOUND a monthly VisualMusic series from 2011-21  LOOP Bar Melbourne now at Long Play FITZROY seensound.com. Also curates art Gallery and music events with Steve Broughton at Teal House Gallery Frankston

Recently she has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship & New Work commissions ‘Coral Bells’ & “Instincts and Episodes’ also Artist in Resident USA with an Edwards Distinguished Professor Artist Residency, Indiana University USA, ADM NTU Singapore. Her works were presented on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM. ICMC International Computer Music Conference, Echofluxx 2014-20 Festivals Prague, Generative Arts Festivals in Italy, Asian Music Festivals in Tokyo, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Futura Music Festival Paris, Mona Foma Festival Hobart, The International Clarinet Festivals, Splice Festival USA 2020 and SOUND/VISION UK 2019, Seoul and Australian Computer Music Festivals. She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user12179930

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/brigid140786

YouTube Performance: https://youtu.be/ot7jSazr81w\

Dr Brigid Burke

Master's Lecturer

Brigid is an Australian composer, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist, and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe, and the USA. Brigid’s main focus is integrating musical ideas with a combination of different media. Each component of media is a tool in the exploration of her artistic process: sound (acoustic, laptop, clarinets, and electronics), composition, improvisation, installation, painting, and animation (digital). Currently, she curates with Mark Pedersen SEENSOUND a monthly VisualMusic series from 2011-21  LOOP Bar Melbourne now at Long Play FITZROY seensound.com. Also curates art Gallery and music events with Steve Broughton at Teal House Gallery Frankston

Recently she has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship & New Work commissions ‘Coral Bells’ & “Instincts and Episodes’ also Artist in Resident USA with an Edwards Distinguished Professor Artist Residency, Indiana University USA, ADM NTU Singapore. Her works were presented on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM. ICMC International Computer Music Conference, Echofluxx 2014-20 Festivals Prague, Generative Arts Festivals in Italy, Asian Music Festivals in Tokyo, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Futura Music Festival Paris, Mona Foma Festival Hobart, The International Clarinet Festivals, Splice Festival USA 2020 and SOUND/VISION UK 2019, Seoul and Australian Computer Music Festivals. She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user12179930

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/brigid140786

YouTube Performance: https://youtu.be/ot7jSazr81w\

Dr George Catsi

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

George is a national award-winning performance writer, performer, comic, academic, and producer overlapping film, theatre, health, and education. National AWGIE winner plus the winner of the Kit Denton Fellowship for courage & excellence in performance writing for his satirical evangelical comedy I Want to Be Slim. He has written and performed his comedic memoir show Am I Who I Say I Am? across 4 seasons. Co-created, wrote, and performed in satirical comedy cabaret trio Gods Cowboys that toured extensively in Australia.

George co-created and co-presents with Mandy Nolan - Authentic You masterclasses presented nationally exploring deep connection to our authentic voice and storytelling when presenting. A regarded speaker, presenter, and host – was invited to host the national show ABC Radio Sydney covering Christine Anu’s leave.
As an academic George brings a wealth of real-world and teaching experience to the JMC Masters of Creative Industries. At UTS he has taught in Design Thinking, Animation, Media Arts, and Communications facilitating creative, innovative and entrepreneurial outcomes. His PhD explored persuasive performance and selling of truth by evangelicals against a background of satire. Amongst others was EP/owner Flickerfest International Short Film Festival + EP / visioned health TV channel – RPAtv (shortlisted NSW Premiers Award). As a media producer, he has produced/directed/written numerous educational and corporate films as well as worked in design for TV.

He has presented on topics including Creativity; Perceptions of Evil and Human Wickedness; Satire; and National Identity (he thinks they might all be the same thing).
Selection juror for short film festivals Flickerfest and the Dendys (Australia) and for 33rd International Emmy Awards plus more. His installation/projection art (range of exhibitions and events) counterpoints place and space, displacing people through humour or juxtaposed imagery.

Dr George Catsi

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

George is a national award-winning performance writer, performer, comic, academic, and producer overlapping film, theatre, health, and education. National AWGIE winner plus the winner of the Kit Denton Fellowship for courage & excellence in performance writing for his satirical evangelical comedy I Want to Be Slim. He has written and performed his comedic memoir show Am I Who I Say I Am? across 4 seasons. Co-created, wrote, and performed in satirical comedy cabaret trio Gods Cowboys that toured extensively in Australia.

George co-created and co-presents with Mandy Nolan - Authentic You masterclasses presented nationally exploring deep connection to our authentic voice and storytelling when presenting. A regarded speaker, presenter, and host – was invited to host the national show ABC Radio Sydney covering Christine Anu’s leave.
As an academic George brings a wealth of real-world and teaching experience to the JMC Masters of Creative Industries. At UTS he has taught in Design Thinking, Animation, Media Arts, and Communications facilitating creative, innovative and entrepreneurial outcomes. His PhD explored persuasive performance and selling of truth by evangelicals against a background of satire. Amongst others was EP/owner Flickerfest International Short Film Festival + EP / visioned health TV channel – RPAtv (shortlisted NSW Premiers Award). As a media producer, he has produced/directed/written numerous educational and corporate films as well as worked in design for TV.

He has presented on topics including Creativity; Perceptions of Evil and Human Wickedness; Satire; and National Identity (he thinks they might all be the same thing).
Selection juror for short film festivals Flickerfest and the Dendys (Australia) and for 33rd International Emmy Awards plus more. His installation/projection art (range of exhibitions and events) counterpoints place and space, displacing people through humour or juxtaposed imagery.

Simone Parrott

Entertainment Business + Master's Lecturer

With extensive experience as a Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Tour Manager, Event Producer, General Manager, Arts Administrator and Lecturer, Simone has worked across all facets of live entertainment and unique special events for more than 25 years.

Her credits span commercial and not for profit productions, fundraising, community and special events, concert presentations, musical theatre and other theatrical productions, which include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Rent (Cameron Mackintosh), 50th Anniversary Snowy River Reunion Project (Julie Brooks + Company), Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XXVII Olympiad (SOCOG), Singin’ In The Rain (David Atkins Enterprises & IMG), Oliver! (IMG & Cameron Mackintosh), Cabaret (IMG & Namco), Jamie Oliver ‘Live’ Happy Days Tour (IMG & Tim Etchells) Renée Fleming in Recital (IMG), Slava’s Snowshow (Back Row Productions & IMG) and José Carreras in Concert - the Official Opening of Singapore’s Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (IMG), The Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts 2003 (AEIA), Inaugural Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Shows (Single Market Events), Santa’s Kingdom (David Atkins Enterprises, Garry Van Egmond & ICA), The Sleeping Beauty on Ice (ICA & Imperial Russian Ice Stars), Discovery After Dark (NSW Premiers Department - Office of Protocol and Special Events), The Trendwest Sydney Kings 3-Peat Celebration Ball, also benefiting the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation (Markson Sparks), World Premiere tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage (Jacobsen Entertainment), the launch of Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company.

Simone was the Associate Producer for the World Premiere season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical (Priscilla On Stage), The 7th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2007 (LPA), An Audience With Stephen Sondheim (Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company), and Executive Producer for José Carreras In Concert and Tina Arena In Concert: Songs Of Love and Loss (Tim Woods & Spirit Entertainment), before undertaking A Musical Send Off (Arena Management) and The 8th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2008 (LPA) and the Breast Wishes Gala Concert benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation (The Not For Profit Production Company). Her credits also include the World Premiere tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions), The 9th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2009 (LPA), Parky The One-Man Show (SEL), The Motown Event (SEL) The 10th Annual Helpmann Awards – 2010 and General Manager for Parky & Frost (SEL) with Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost. Simone co-produced the 2011 regional tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions) as well as the role of Casting Coordinator for international productions of How To Train Your Dragon & King Kong (Global Creatures) and a second contract as the Acting General Manager at The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp). She is also the former Chair and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co, established in 2013.

She delivered 53 community events under the Major Community Events Program for Marrickville Council, now Inner West Council, including Marrickville Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Annual Bali Memorial Service 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Dulwich Hill Community Fair 2012 & 2013, Dulwich Hill Village Fair 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Australia Day Celebrations 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Australia Day 2017 & 2018, International Women’s Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017, Bairro Portugues Petersham Food & Wine Fair 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and Celebrate 2044 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Fanny Durack Pool Opening 2013, Remembrance Day & Lone Pine Planting 2014, SES Headquarters Official Opening 2015, Marrickville Medal and Urban Photography Awards 2015 & 2016 and Marrickville Remembers 2015 (Marrickville Council), WWII Memorial Unveiling 2016, Footprints Ecofestival 2017, Built Environment Awards 2017 & 2018 and Carnival of Cultures 2017 & 2018, and recently devised the 75th Anniversary Celebrations for the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Simone develops education resource kits for musical theatre works and special events as well as course curriculum to train and lecture in Entertainment, Tour, Festival, Event and Project Management and train in Mental Health First Aid. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre from The University of Wollongong, a Masters in Management – Arts Management and a Diploma in Workplace and Vocational Learning as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment a Masters in Adult Education from The University of Technology, Sydney, a Certificate III in Floristry and most recently attained accreditation to deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid Training course from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Simone Parrott

Entertainment Business + Master's Lecturer

With extensive experience as a Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Tour Manager, Event Producer, General Manager, Arts Administrator and Lecturer, Simone has worked across all facets of live entertainment and unique special events for more than 25 years.

Her credits span commercial and not for profit productions, fundraising, community and special events, concert presentations, musical theatre and other theatrical productions, which include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Rent (Cameron Mackintosh), 50th Anniversary Snowy River Reunion Project (Julie Brooks + Company), Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XXVII Olympiad (SOCOG), Singin’ In The Rain (David Atkins Enterprises & IMG), Oliver! (IMG & Cameron Mackintosh), Cabaret (IMG & Namco), Jamie Oliver ‘Live’ Happy Days Tour (IMG & Tim Etchells) Renée Fleming in Recital (IMG), Slava’s Snowshow (Back Row Productions & IMG) and José Carreras in Concert - the Official Opening of Singapore’s Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (IMG), The Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts 2003 (AEIA), Inaugural Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Shows (Single Market Events), Santa’s Kingdom (David Atkins Enterprises, Garry Van Egmond & ICA), The Sleeping Beauty on Ice (ICA & Imperial Russian Ice Stars), Discovery After Dark (NSW Premiers Department - Office of Protocol and Special Events), The Trendwest Sydney Kings 3-Peat Celebration Ball, also benefiting the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation (Markson Sparks), World Premiere tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage (Jacobsen Entertainment), the launch of Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company.

Simone was the Associate Producer for the World Premiere season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical (Priscilla On Stage), The 7th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2007 (LPA), An Audience With Stephen Sondheim (Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company), and Executive Producer for José Carreras In Concert and Tina Arena In Concert: Songs Of Love and Loss (Tim Woods & Spirit Entertainment), before undertaking A Musical Send Off (Arena Management) and The 8th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2008 (LPA) and the Breast Wishes Gala Concert benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation (The Not For Profit Production Company). Her credits also include the World Premiere tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions), The 9th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2009 (LPA), Parky The One-Man Show (SEL), The Motown Event (SEL) The 10th Annual Helpmann Awards – 2010 and General Manager for Parky & Frost (SEL) with Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost. Simone co-produced the 2011 regional tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions) as well as the role of Casting Coordinator for international productions of How To Train Your Dragon & King Kong (Global Creatures) and a second contract as the Acting General Manager at The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp). She is also the former Chair and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co, established in 2013.

She delivered 53 community events under the Major Community Events Program for Marrickville Council, now Inner West Council, including Marrickville Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Annual Bali Memorial Service 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Dulwich Hill Community Fair 2012 & 2013, Dulwich Hill Village Fair 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Australia Day Celebrations 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Australia Day 2017 & 2018, International Women’s Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017, Bairro Portugues Petersham Food & Wine Fair 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and Celebrate 2044 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Fanny Durack Pool Opening 2013, Remembrance Day & Lone Pine Planting 2014, SES Headquarters Official Opening 2015, Marrickville Medal and Urban Photography Awards 2015 & 2016 and Marrickville Remembers 2015 (Marrickville Council), WWII Memorial Unveiling 2016, Footprints Ecofestival 2017, Built Environment Awards 2017 & 2018 and Carnival of Cultures 2017 & 2018, and recently devised the 75th Anniversary Celebrations for the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Simone develops education resource kits for musical theatre works and special events as well as course curriculum to train and lecture in Entertainment, Tour, Festival, Event and Project Management and train in Mental Health First Aid. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre from The University of Wollongong, a Masters in Management – Arts Management and a Diploma in Workplace and Vocational Learning as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment a Masters in Adult Education from The University of Technology, Sydney, a Certificate III in Floristry and most recently attained accreditation to deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid Training course from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Kelly Heylen

Master's Lecturer

Kelly Heylen (they/them) is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at JMC Academy. They hold a Master of Commerce and are currently completing a Master of Research at Macquarie University, analysing the discourse of digital platforms in response to Australia’s news media bargaining code. Kelly is a creative industries business advisor with Creative Plus Business and was previously Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, where they were responsible for the MTNS MADE industry branding campaign. Kelly was previously the owner of a feminist art gallery and is currently co-founder of a tech start-up for the performing arts industry. Kelly is a writer, curator, and burlesque performer, and in 2020 was the recipient of a Brand X Flying Nun performing arts residency.

Kelly Heylen

Master's Lecturer

Kelly Heylen (they/them) is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at JMC Academy. They hold a Master of Commerce and are currently completing a Master of Research at Macquarie University, analysing the discourse of digital platforms in response to Australia’s news media bargaining code. Kelly is a creative industries business advisor with Creative Plus Business and was previously Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, where they were responsible for the MTNS MADE industry branding campaign. Kelly was previously the owner of a feminist art gallery and is currently co-founder of a tech start-up for the performing arts industry. Kelly is a writer, curator, and burlesque performer, and in 2020 was the recipient of a Brand X Flying Nun performing arts residency.

Dr Ulrike Sturm

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

Ulrike Sturm has a strong record as a lecturer in creative industries at a post-graduate level. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including TEXT Journal and MC Journal, and she is also on the peer review panel of several international journals in the field of creative industries and the visual arts. Her work as a visual artist is regularly exhibited in regional and commercial galleries, and is held in public collections in Australia and internationally. Ulrike Sturm is a member of NAVA and the Print Council of Australia.

Dr Ulrike Sturm

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

Ulrike Sturm has a strong record as a lecturer in creative industries at a post-graduate level. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including TEXT Journal and MC Journal, and she is also on the peer review panel of several international journals in the field of creative industries and the visual arts. Her work as a visual artist is regularly exhibited in regional and commercial galleries, and is held in public collections in Australia and internationally. Ulrike Sturm is a member of NAVA and the Print Council of Australia.

Dr Jeff Crabtree

Master's Lecturer

Dr Jeff Crabtree is a researcher, author, speaker, songwriter and music producer with 100 composition and production credits in commercial music and music for Television. Some of his music was heard underscoring the 2000 Sydney Olympics and some of his work currently fly around the world on a major airline. He has performed live on and off for many years playing original blues tunes. He is co-author of the independently published book Living With A Creative Mind and consults to organizations in Australia and overseas on the best ways to manage creative thinkers and build environments that foster innovation through his company Zebra Collective. He teaches in the Masters of Creative Industries Degree at JMC Academy (in Sydney). His PhD was awarded for researching the nature and extent of workplace harassment in the contemporary music industries.

Dr Jeff Crabtree

Master's Lecturer

Dr Jeff Crabtree is a researcher, author, speaker, songwriter and music producer with 100 composition and production credits in commercial music and music for Television. Some of his music was heard underscoring the 2000 Sydney Olympics and some of his work currently fly around the world on a major airline. He has performed live on and off for many years playing original blues tunes. He is co-author of the independently published book Living With A Creative Mind and consults to organizations in Australia and overseas on the best ways to manage creative thinkers and build environments that foster innovation through his company Zebra Collective. He teaches in the Masters of Creative Industries Degree at JMC Academy (in Sydney). His PhD was awarded for researching the nature and extent of workplace harassment in the contemporary music industries.

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady

National Head of Postgraduate Studies

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady is an award-winning documentary producer and director. She has produced and directed six ABC TV documentary series, including Legal Briefs (2016) and Ethics Matters (2017). Catherine has also created 11 radio features for ABC Radio National.

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady has published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books on the emergent use of video as a method of academic discourse, and the relational nature of documentary production processes. Catherine is an associate editor of ScreenworksJournal.

As a Head of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Gough-Brady is responsible for teaching, curriculum design, staff management and academic leadership, course facilitation and reaccreditation of Master of Creative Industries courses nationally. Dr Gough-Brady contributes to the piloting of innovative educational projects. She also actively participates in Curriculum Design and Delivery Committees and Course Advisory Committees.

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady

National Head of Postgraduate Studies

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady is an award-winning documentary producer and director. She has produced and directed six ABC TV documentary series, including Legal Briefs (2016) and Ethics Matters (2017). Catherine has also created 11 radio features for ABC Radio National.

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady has published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books on the emergent use of video as a method of academic discourse, and the relational nature of documentary production processes. Catherine is an associate editor of ScreenworksJournal.

As a Head of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Gough-Brady is responsible for teaching, curriculum design, staff management and academic leadership, course facilitation and reaccreditation of Master of Creative Industries courses nationally. Dr Gough-Brady contributes to the piloting of innovative educational projects. She also actively participates in Curriculum Design and Delivery Committees and Course Advisory Committees.

Ben Samuel

Department Coordinator — Acting

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

Ben Samuel

Department Coordinator — Acting

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

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FAQs

Many jobs in the creative industries are found via direct recommendations or referrals. At JMC Academy, many of these recommendations are made while students are completing their studies and via organisations that approach JMC for graduates. That is why we stress the importance of networking through our industry connected lecturers and taking advantage of the many work experience and internship opportunities that arise. Throughout their studies, students are progressively adding to their portfolio of work, networking with lecturers and students, and learning how to run their own businesses. All of this directly contributes to their ability to generate an income in a field they are passionate about and enjoy.

The ultimate benefit of studying at JMC Academy is the reassurance and relief in knowing that we are leaders in creative industries education and have been delivering quality education in the Creative Industries for over 30 years. We were the first to be accredited in Australia for education in Audio Engineering, Digital Television and Multimedia.

Our courses have always been practical, with hands-on projects and an intense focus on industry and outcomes undiluted by extensive, non-essential electives.  

In choosing to study at JMC Academy, our students are opting for the benefits of an intimate classroom size where the lecturer knows their name and learning needs. They are choosing to learn at an award-winning institution that fosters collaboration and creative vision. At JMC Academy the student's experience becomes an integral part of their learning and the institution's own values defined by quality, integrity, diligence and innovation indelibly become their own.   

Creativity is big business. In 2011, Australia had more than 600,000 people working in the creative industries and over 120,000 creative businesses. According to a recent report by consultancy group SGS Economics and Planning, the Creative Industries alone was estimated to have added more than $45 billion to Australia’s GDP in 2011-12 while generating more than $3.2 billion in annual exports. In addition ABS figures released in 2014 showed that the 2008-09 national accounts had a combined Cultural and Creative Industries contributing over $86 billion to our economy. 

Yes. The JMC Academy is registered and regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector, both public and private.

No, our courses are hands on and practical. Students are required to attend classes to receive ongoing mentorship, learn new skills and work with the equipment provided. We do encourage our students to use online study resources, however our courses would not be as immersive as they are without the practical component.